Subject Tags: trip-art
Size: 11"W x 14"H x 11"D
Year Created: 2018
I'm kinda obsessed with mythology and stories of many cultures from around the world. One of which would be Asian Mythology of all forms. I selected the Mythological creature, Qilin in this piece. The story goes that the Qilin is a good omen thought to bring about prosperity or serenity. The Qilin became a stylized representation of the giraffe. While most of the descriptions of this beautiful creature is more dragon-like with fire surrounding it, I wanted to to stay true to the actual history of the creature and draw the being as an actual giraffe from East Africa. Inspired by the mural artist , Nychos, I wanted to give it a trippy anatomy-layer look to appeal to my viewers. its as if Qilin is tripping out :)
I hope you like.
Greetings, My name is Umar Shareef but my friends call me UMI and I'm a professional Illustrator and Storyteller. I was born in Sudan, Africa and raised in Oakland, California. I've been drawing ever since I discovered a pencil could be used to do things other than writing ABC's. I started of drawing my favorite cartoon characters with influences from 90's-00's western shows and comics like DC and Marvel as well as Japanese Anime and Manga (*cough cough Pokemon and Dragon-Ball Z). I'm also very influenced by the all forms of mythology and fantasy stories. Music also plays a major part in my art. I take pride in detail. Every little detail. I want to take over the world...starting with the walls of your home ;) Umi.